Appellate Law

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Have you received a verdict or judgment that you are unhappy with? Your time to appeal and challenge that unfavorable outcome is limited. NOW is the time to file an appeal.

Having served as a Senior Staff Attorney for the Second District Court of Appeal for more than seven years, Attorney O’Connor is amply equipped to handle your appeal. By retaining Attorney O’Connor, you will have an experienced advocate behind you on both the trial and appellate levels.

Attorney O’Connor has a passion for appellate law. In her opinion, appellate advocacy is law in its purest form because, “there aren’t many moving parts…you have facts established at trial and you have the law. There’s no politics or extreme emotion…you simply apply the law to the facts and, in most cases, you’ll reach a result that is consistent with controlling law.”

Complete our contact form or call 813-413-8777 TODAY for a consultation. Remember, the time for filing your appeal is limited, so don’t miss the opportunity to have your case reviewed on appeal.

Estate Planning & Probate

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Estate Planning

Half of Americans with Kids Will Die Without a Will. source

Taking measures to “get your affairs in order” in anticipation of death is an unpleasant but necessary evil. We will all depart from this earth at some point, but very few of us will actually be prepared for departure. By developing an Estate Plan, you can provide family members and friends who are left behind a “road map” specifically designed by YOU. In the absence of a Last Will and Testament, the disposition of your assets will be determined by state law. Why should the State of Florida determine who gets your “stuff”? Make your intent clear to loved ones by having a Will.

Estate planning involves more than writing your Last Will and Testament. In the event that you become incapacitated and unable to make your own healthcare decisions, our estate planning documents will provide clear direction for your loved-ones by telling them which, if any, forms of life-preserving measures are acceptable to you.

Estate planning serves yet another purpose, it can protect assets from creditors and minimize expenses associated with the administration of your estate during probate proceedings.

Don’t put the task of writing your will off for tomorrow. The future is unknown but you can control where your assets go after you die. More importantly, you can minimize the stress and conflict that inevitably follows loss. Make your estate planning decisions known today and avoid someone else having to make them for you tomorrow. Attorney O’Connor will formulate an estate plan that address your particular needs and circumstances.

Probate Proceedings

The loss of a loved-one or family member can be devastating. Attorney O’Connor has over eight years of experience in the administration of Estates. She will assist you in navigating the Probate process, and putting closure on the business end of your loss. Whether you have been identified as Beneficiary or appointed Personal Representative in probate proceedings, Attorney O’Connor will provide advice and counsel to keep you informed of your rights and responsibilities.

So, whether you’re dealing with the loss of a family member/loved-one, or would like to “get your affairs in order,” in anticipation of your earthly departure, Attorney O’Connor can assist.

Call for a consultation today 813-413-8777

Personal Injury

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When the negligent conduct of another person(s) causes you or your family bodily injury or harm, you have the right to recover damages for that loss. Several circumstances can give rise to a negligence claim, but the major categories are as follows:

  • Automotive Accidents

    (Car, Truck, Motorcycle or Boating)

According to the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles, there are more than 200,000 car accidents annually in Florida. If you are a victim of automobile negligence, follow the appropriate steps to protect and assert your claim:

  • Call 911
  • If possible to do so safely, move your vehicle out of traffic.
  • Get the phone number, address, and insurance information for all drivers involved.
  • Seek medical attention at an emergency room or urgent care facility immediately, or at least within 14 days. Based on changes in Personal Injury Protection Laws effective in early 2013, failure to do so may result in you forfeiting insurance benefits which would otherwise be available to pay a portion of your medical expenses and/or lost wages. source Tampa Bay Times
  • Contact Attorney O’Connor and secure her as your legal counsel. With her clinical knowledge and background, Attorney O’Connor is qualified to review your medical records to identify and highlight clinical proof of your injuries.
  • Do not speak to the at-fault party’s insurance company or sign anything without legal counsel. If the insurance company attempts to contact you, give them the number for Brandon Law Offices and tell them Attorney O’Connor will handle everything from that point onward.

  • Medical Negligence/Malpractice

Do you believe you have been misdiagnosed or been a victim of medical negligence? Contact Attorney O’Connor immediately. The time within which to make a claim against a health care provider for medical negligence is limited by law, SO DON’T WAIT. If you suspect you are a victim of medical negligence, take the following steps to expedite the review of your claim before the statute of limitations expires:

  • Request the medical records from the treating physician or hospital believed to be responsible. If you were treated by another physician or provider for the same condition after being injured by the negligent physician, request those medical records as well.
  • Contact Attorney O’Connor for a consultation; she will review your medical records with an eye toward identifying potentially negligent conduct which departed from the prevailing standard of care.

  • Premises Liability

If you are injured on public or private property (for example in a grocery store, park, etc.) and your injury was caused by a dangerous condition [make bold] which existed on that property, you may have a premises liability claim against the property owner. Take the following steps to assist Attorney O’Connor in securing your potential claim:

  1. If the injury occurs in a store or commercial place of business, take photographs of the dangerous condition if possible (slippery floor, sharp object, etc.) and ask an employee to document the incident on an occurrence or incident report, being certain to identify him/her by name and title. Also identify any witnesses who observed the incident.
  2. If the injury occurs outdoors, take photographs of the dangerous condition and collect the names, addresses, and phone numbers of any witnesses who observed the incident.
  3. Most importantly, gather information to document the dangerous condition itself, how long it was present, and whether the property owner or his/her employees were aware of the condition prior to you becoming injured by it.

Contact Attorney O’Connor today with your legal inquiry 813-413-8777

FAMILY LAW & COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE

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A kinder, gentler process…helping families move forward.

While many commentators agree that America’s divorce rates are steadily declining, there is no question that far too many marriages still end in DIVORCE. Filing for a divorce is never an easy decision, particularly if you have children. Not only do you have to deal with the emotional distress of ending a marital union, you must tackle the challenge of reaching a timesharing agreement and parenting plan with your spouse.

Attorney O’Connor’s goal is to facilitate a collaborative divorce during which you and your spouse work together to resolve all issues necessary to dissolve the marriage, and part amicably. During “collaborative proceedings” the parties work together to address the children’s well-being. The objective is to preserve the dignity and integrity of the family unit, even if you and your spouse no longer live in the same household. Your ability to collaborate to resolve the issues presented in divorce proceedings will set the tone and pattern of your relationship after the divorce, including your ability to effectively co-parent.

Clearly, collaborative proceedings are not possible in every case.  The firm is also equipped to handle even high conflict cases.  Therefore, when necessary to protect you and your children from an abusive spouse or dangerous lifestyle, Attorney O’Connor will work aggressively to make certain that all necessary measures are taken to protect you and your children.  In such instances, it is essential to make the presiding Judge aware of behavior and conditions that place the family at risk so that these may be factored into the Court’s decision on timesharing and a parenting plan.

In addition to divorce, Attorney O’Connor can assist you with the following family law matters:

  • Adoption
  • Annulment
  • Establishing Paternity
  • Child Support Enforcement
  • Modification of Spousal or Child Support
  • Name Changes

Call to schedule a consultation today 813-413-8777